Out Now: Badflower’s Engaging Debut Album ‘OK, I’m Sick’ is Not Short on Passion or Versatility (New Music Friday)

Out Now: Badflower’s Engaging Debut Album ‘OK, I’m Sick’ is Not Short on Passion or Versatility (New Music Friday)

Badflower is here. On Friday, the Los Angeles-based four-piece released its debut album, OK, I’m Sick, via Big Machine/John Varvatos Records, after a few months of anticipation and promotion (and heavy SiriusXM rotation of their breakout single, “Ghost”). But while “Ghost” — a good song in its own right, with a dour overall tone and […]

Gary Clark Jr.’s New Album ‘This Land’ Packs an Emotional Punch That Will Stick With You (New Music Friday)

Gary Clark Jr.’s New Album ‘This Land’ Packs an Emotional Punch That Will Stick With You (New Music Friday)

Gary Clark Jr. has something to say. The Austin, Texas-based blues guitarist/singer releases his fifth full-length album, This Land, today — but it isn’t an easy listen. I mean, it’s an easy listen as far expertly-crafted songs that blend rock, blues, alternative, reggae and hip-hop into a bounty of solid material are concerned, but thematically? […]

Cal Jam 18: Foo Fighters and Friends Reinvent the ‘Rock Festival’ with an Unforgettable Day (and Nirvana ‘Reunion’) — Recap/Photos

Cal Jam 18: Foo Fighters and Friends Reinvent the ‘Rock Festival’ with an Unforgettable Day (and Nirvana ‘Reunion’) — Recap/Photos

To witness Cal Jam 18 in San Bernardino, Calif., was to experience rock and roll in its purest state in 2018. The Foo Fighters gathered their friends and colleagues at Glen Helen Amphitheater for the second Cal Jam under their control, and it was endlessly entertaining. Everybody’s talking about the show-stopping mini-set of Nirvana songs […]

DVD/Blu-Ray Review of ‘Still on the Run: The Jeff Beck Story’

DVD/Blu-Ray Review of ‘Still on the Run: The Jeff Beck Story’

The recent 108-minute DVD—Still On the Run: The Jeff Beck Story—produced by Eagle Vision/Universal Music Group is an engaging and informative visual document on the legendary guitarist. There are interviews with some of the musicians who have played pivotal roles in Beck’s career, including Rod Stewart, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Ronnie Wood and Jan Hammer […]

Outside Lands 2017: The Highs, Lows and In-Between from San Francisco Fest’s 10th Anniversary with the Who, Metallica and Gorillaz

Outside Lands 2017: The Highs, Lows and In-Between from San Francisco Fest’s 10th Anniversary with the Who, Metallica and Gorillaz

Review by Grace John and Nick Wachs San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park was once again flooded with hipsters, foodies, and music fans from metalheads, ravers, alt-rock addicts, hip hop habitués, and everyone in between for a festival equal in diversity.  This year marked the tenth anniversary of Outside Lands, a festival of art, music, and […]

Recap: Incubus Delight the Masses at Hollywood Bowl Hometown Show with Jimmy Eat World and Judah and the Lion

Recap: Incubus Delight the Masses at Hollywood Bowl Hometown Show with Jimmy Eat World and Judah and the Lion

Incubus have come a long way from their roots in Calabasas, California. The Los Angeles suburb in the San Fernando Valley was where the alt/rock group formed in the mid-1990s, before Brandon Boyd and his band mates exploded on the global level thanks to their breakout 1999 album Make Yourself. (Guitarist Michael Einziger recently spoke […]

Best New Music: Pop-Punk Kings New Found Glory Shine with New Album ‘Makes Me Sick’ (Listen)

Best New Music: Pop-Punk Kings New Found Glory Shine with New Album ‘Makes Me Sick’ (Listen)

It’s a triumphant time for New Found Glory. The long-running pop-punk band (vocalist Jordan Pundik, guitarist Chad Gilbert, bassist Ian Grushka and drummer Cyrus Bolooki) are out on the road on a nearly completely sold-out tour marking their 20th anniversary that finds them playing two fan-favorite albums each night. They’ve also now released their ninth full-length […]

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Celebrates Decades of Fun with Career-Spanning Hollywood Bowl Show (Recap)

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Celebrates Decades of Fun with Career-Spanning Hollywood Bowl Show (Recap)

To attend a ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic concert is to immerse yourself in pop culture-themed musical bliss for an hour and a half. This past weekend, the legendary musician/parody artist and his impossibly capable backing band headlined the Hollywood Bowl for two nights of career-spanning magic, backed by the Philharmonic Orchestra to boot. This was a special, […]